UL-Lafayette softball team begins road trip at Troy

Advocate photo by LEE CELANO -- Pitcher Christina Hamilton and the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team begin an eight-game road trip Friday at Troy.

LAFAYETTE — The motivational element of playing before the Lamson Park crowd will be missing Friday at Troy, where the Louisiana-Lafayette softball team begins an eight-game road trip. Ragin’ Cajuns coach Michael Lotief said the fans have been inspirational in helping them achieve a 31-7-1 overall record and climb to first place in the Sun Belt … Continue reading →

Tulane baseball team blanked by last-place Charlotte

Advocate file photo by RUSTY COSTANZA -- Tulane freshman right-hander Corey Merrill lasted 7.1 innings Thursday at Charlotte, but the Green Wave managed only three hits in a 2-0 loss.

CHARLOTTE, N.C. — Tulane freshman right-hander Corey Merrill pitched the best game of his young career Thursday night, but it was not enough for the Green Wave, whose nightmarish season seems to be getting worse. Opening a Conference USA series it cannot afford to lose, the Wave lost 2-0 to last-place Charlotte, a team that had … Continue reading →

Ryan Leonards, Ragin’ Cajuns were perfect fit

Advocate staff photo by BRYAN TUCK -- UL-Lafayette's Ryan Leonards takes a cut against Eastern Illinois.

LAFAYETTE — Ryan Leonards had a smoother transition from high school to college baseball than most prep players, mostly because he’s been coached at both levels by mirror images — literally. The Louisiana-Lafayette senior played his entire career at Notre Dame High in Crowley, as well as summer American Legion ball, under … Continue reading →

Samantha Walsh’s late homer lifts Ragin’ Cajuns past McNeese

Louisiana-Lafayette softball coach Michael Lotief knew that if Samantha Walsh got the pitch she wanted, something was going to happen in the bottom of Wednesday’s seventh and final inning. “If she got a pitch middle in, she was going to pull it, she’s got that kind of power,” Lotief said. “She wasn’t going to be swinging for … Continue reading →

McKinley lineman Keeyon Smart commits to Tulane

Tulane received its third commitment for the 2015 class and second commitment in the past two days when Keeyon Smart of McKinley chose the Green Wave on Wednesday afternoon. Less than 24 hours after three-star defensive tackle Brian Webb provided a boost to the Tulane defensive line, Smart beefed up the Green Wave’s offensive line. “I … Continue reading →

Southern falters in late innings, loses 8-7 to Loyola

Advocate staff photo by JOHN OUBRE -- Southern pitcher Ryan Flynn gave up four earned runs in 6.2 innings Tuesday against Loyola, but the Wolf Pack rallied to score eight runs in the final four innings to win 8-7.

On a cool night at Barrow Stadium, Loyola found a way to warm up. The Wolf Pack rallied for an 8-7 victory Tuesday night when Carmelo LoSauro lined a two-out single past the outstretched glove of first baseman Brian Rowry in the bottom of the ninth, bringing home Brandon Snow. “For me, personally, I’ve kind … Continue reading →

Mark Hudspeth looking forward to summer interaction with players

Advocate photo by Lee CelanoLouisiana-Lafayette football coach Mark Hudspeth speaks to the team following the Cajuns' spring game on Saturday.

LAFAYETTE — His football team’s limited spring football game may have wrapped up Louisiana-Lafayette’s spring drills Saturday, but coach Mark Hudspeth is looking ahead to a lot more interaction with his team before it returns to fall practice in August. A change in NCAA regulations effective this year allows coaches to have contact with players … Continue reading →

Cajuns top UALR 6-3 for another Sun Belt sweep

Advocate staff photo by Terri Fensel -- Louisiana-Lafayette's Seth Harrison is safe at third as Arkansas-Little Rock's Ben Crumpton attempts a tag during Sunday's game.

LAFAYETTE — Cody Boutte and Jace Conrad made it possible for the Louisiana-Lafayette baseball team to score its fourth Sun Belt Conference series sweep in the past five weekends. Boutte checked Arkansas-Little Rock on four hits and struck out seven in six innings, and Conrad’s 3-for-3 day included a two-run double that … Continue reading →

State college baseball: Wild ninth inning boosts Southeastern

HAMMOND — Southeastern Louisiana’s Kyle Cedotal scored on a wild pitch in the ninth inning to give the Lions a 5-4 win and a Southland Conference series victory over Incarnate Word on Sunday at Alumni Field. Southeastern improved to 23-13 and 9-6; UIW fell to 11-22 and 4-5. Cedotal’s game-ending play gave the Lions their … Continue reading →